| GEO Pakistan|
| Chairman HEC under pressure, seeks to meet PM|
| Updated at: 2244 PST, Friday, July 16, 2010|
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Javed Leghari has sought time from Prime Minister for a meeting to discuss the matter of degrees of Parliamentarians.
According to sources, the HEC Chairman is presently facing pressure from senior leaders of Pakistan People’s Party. A Federal Minister of PPP had told Javed Leghari to sit upon the matter of degrees’ verification.
Another federal dignitary has also exerted pressure on the HEC Chairman for delaying the degrees’ scrutiny for a year.
Sources claimed that when Javed Leghari refused to give in to the pressure, his brother was arrested as another pressure tactic. These attempts are being made to save National Assembly membership of a close acquaintance of President Asif Ali Zardari, sources added.
Faryal Talpur, aged 50, is a sister of President Zardari who obtained her BA degree in 2006. The HEC also has also declared her degree suspicious after preliminary investigation.
It appears that the HEC Chairman is seeking to meet the Prime Minister in the above context to apprise the latter about the progress made on the matter of degrees verification. Javed Leghari may also raise the matter of his brother’s arrest with the PM.
The HEC has declared 37 degrees invalid out of 138 degrees scrutinized so far. Degree cases of 30 parliamentarians is with the courts while process for verification of 516 degrees is underway.